At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Kia displayed two shapely five-door models but only one will be launched immediately. The 2014 Forte 5-door, which is the model that permits Kia’s new compact Forte to go up against the Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza, Mazda 3, and the mechanically comparable Hyundai Elantra, are available in both four- and five-door forms.
In comparison with the blocky Forte5 it replaces, the new Forte 5-door is a breath of fresh air. It is stylish, swoopy, and similar to other new Kia designs, it appears to be a bit more upscale than it really is. The Base Forte 5-Doors are EX models, which mean that they’re really on-par with the top grade 2014 Forte sedan in terms of equipment. Kia has decided to launch the Forte hatch in Chicago by releasing the sportier Forte SX model.
This car is powered by a new 201-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4. The SX models get a new nose, with a truncated “tiger nose” grille and a huge, trapezoidal lower grille opening. In addition, it gets a set of distinctive 18-inch wheels and several minor interior and exterior modifications. The carbon fiber accents are everywhere. The pattern is featured on the SX’s rear valance panel, dash and door trim accents, and seat bolsters.
Furthermore, the SX models get perforated leather seating. Offered as an additional cost option are heated front and rear outboard seats. However, it’s not certain that 201hp will be sufficient. It may not be considered as a direct rival to models like a Volkswagen GTI, Ford Focus ST, or a Mazdaspeed 3. Potential buyers may be disappointed once they figure out that its output is almost 50hp lower than both the ST and 60hp lower than the MS3.